Release date: Sept. 29, 2008
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University Honors College contact: Dr. John Vile, 615-898-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BUCHANAN FELLOWS WILL BE RECOGNIZED OCT. 3
DURING FORMAL MTSU HONORS COLLEGE CEREMONY
(MURFREESBORO) — The second group of 20 Buchanan Fellows will be recognized Friday, Oct. 3, during the Buchanan Inauguration, University Honors College Dean John Vile said.
“We had 200 applications for Buchanans and 20 are selected. It’s a very elite group,” Vile said, adding that the 2008-09 crop includes students with an overall ACT score of 31 and a combined 3.87 high-school grade-point average.
The formal program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building Amphitheatre (Room 106). Because of limited seating, it will be an invitation-only event.
Dr. Kevin J. Donovan, professor in the English department, will deliver the challenge to the Buchanan Class of 2008. Jeff Whorley, chairman of the Honors College Board of Visitors, will introduce him.
Sophomore Buchanan Fellows Chelsea Curtis and Aaron Scherer will add to the welcome by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, who will be introduced by Vile after the Buchanan faculty are recognized.
Former Dean Phil Mathis, who now is professor emeritus, will provide the introduction of the Book of Town and Gown. Dr. Scott Carnicom, Honors College associate dean, will preside over the ceremonial signing of the book.
All of the Buchanan Fellows will participate in the recitation of the Honors Creed, which will be led by Dr. Angela Hague, Honors faculty member and professor in the English department.
Vile said the Buchanan Fellowship is the highest award given to an entering Honors College student.
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The 2008-09 freshman class of Buchanan Fellows includes Eldridge Alexander, Riverdale High School; Shelby Barton, Libby (Mont.) High School; Kaitlin Beck, Oakland High School; Troy Berry, Oakland High School; Erica Cathey, Siegel High School; Holly Cunningham, Clinton (Iowa) High School; Adam Emerson, DeKalb County High School; Adam Raul Gimenez, Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.); Eric Guyes, Cave Spring High School (Roanoke, Va.); Jennifer Johnson, Maryville High School; Katherine Miller, Cedar Shoals High School (Athens, Ga.); Haley Pimentel, Cascade High School; Shelby Ragan, Eagleville High School; Nathan Reale, Franklin High School; Samuel “Lee” Reed, Siegel High School; Lauren Rigsby, Riverdale High School; James Skelley, Jackson Liberty High School; Chad Slaven, Cumberland Gap High School; and Christen Denise Vann, Moore County High School.
In addition to Curtis and Scherer, the returning Buchanan Scholars are Robert Bridgers, Jordan Cox, Meghan Davis, Michelle Ebel, Elizabeth Henegar, James Larson, Nellery Marty, Taffy O’Neal, Danielle Rutherford, Jonathan Siler, Richard Skelley, Jessica Taylor, Jordan Timmons and Andrew Trivette.
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